Haeger looks sharp in rehab start

Haeger looks sharp in rehab start

LOS ANGELES -- Dodgers pitcher Charlie Haeger pitched five innings in his second injury rehabilitation start for Class A Inland Empire on Wednesday night.

Haeger allowed High Desert three runs (one earned) on three hits (one homer) with six strikeouts and three walks. He had been placed on the 15-day disabled list with plantar fasciitis on May 9 and is eligible to come off the DL on Monday.

Haeger was 0-4 with a 8.59 ERA as the Dodgers' fifth starter. While at Inland Empire, he has been reunited with pitching coach and fellow knuckleball specialist Charlie Hough.

Meanwhile, the Dodgers promoted 40-year-old South Korean reliever Hyang-Nam Choi from extended spring training to Triple-A Albuquerque this week to replace former Major League right-hander Luis Ayala, who opted out of his contract when he wasn't called up to the Major Leagues.

Choi was dominant pitching for Albuquerque last year, going 9-2 with a 2.34 ERA in 33 games while striking out 77 in 57 2/3 innings. Ayala was 1-3 with a 4.50 ERA.

Ken Gurnick is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.